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Coronavirus: Maharashtra University postpones medical exams till next month

The examination of students pursuing medical, dental and other health science courses will be held from August 4 onwards this year.

Coronavirus: Maharashtra University postpones medical exams till next month
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The Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) on Thursday issued a notification announcing the postponement of 2020 summer exams for medical courses. The decision to postpone the exams was announced by MUHS Vice-Chancellor Deelip Mhaisekar. 

The examination of students pursuing medical, dental and other health science courses will be held from August 4 onwards this year. The university in Nashik has decided to have examinations in a staggered manner for the MUHS final year exams. 

However, no dates have been released for the final year examination of post-graduate (MD/MS) students as most of them are busy working in civic and state hospitals on COVID-19 duty. The university administration has uploaded the time-table on their website: www.muhs.ac.in

This comes after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting the postponement of the medical postgraduate examinations till December 2020. 

Earlier, the final year examinations of UG and PG courses were scheduled to start on July 16 without any gap between the papers. However, the university has now decided to adhere to the guidelines of the state government to ensure that students get a day’s gap between each paper.

In his letter, Thackeray has requested the Prime Minister to intervene to postpone the final year exams of Master of Medicine and Master of Science (MD/MS) till December as those are required to take these exams are currently working on the frontline.

“The final year resident doctors who are required to take these examinations are presently working on the frontline in all Government of Maharashtra and Municipal Medical Colleges assisting the clinical management of COVID-19 patients,” Thackeray wrote. 

The Chief Minister further said that if exams are conducted as per the schedule there would be a serious shortage of trained doctors during the crucial period.

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